Carobs Diamonds and Muffins!

by | Books, Bread Muffins & Crackers, Lifestyle

What does Carob and Diamonds have in common with Muffins? CARATS! The ancient Mediterranean ingredient carob, was once used to measure the weight of carats in diamonds. 

Carob pods, diamonds and carob muffins all have something in common
Carob Pods, Diamonds and Carob Muffins All Have Something In Common

It was also found similar to the taste of cacao, when roasted and ground. I have for you here, an authentic Mediterranean Carob and olive oil quick bread/muffin recipe, kissed with orange blossom water.  

Carob

Whether in Arabic (Qirat), Greek (Keration), or Latin (Ceratonia), Carob pods are highly prized for their flavor in: cooking, health benefits, weight of the carats of your diamonds, and an aphrodisiac! (Shhhh, don’t tell your friends or the stuff will disappear from markets!)

Carob seeds as measurement for diamond carats
Carob Seeds As Measurement For Diamond Carats

While I had to send to Egypt, via Amazon, to obtain the whole pods so I could show them to you, I actually picked them off the trees, while visiting Portugal many years ago. 

It was in Portugal that I learned about the tiny seed inside the pods (looking similar to tamarind or fave bean pods), that were once used by Arab jewelers to weigh stones. It was a time when a standard unit of known weight was able to be used. 

Ancient Mediterranean Carob and Olive Oil Muffins

The ancient Mediterranean ingredient, CAROB, will fast become your new favorite earthy rich dark flavor in baked goods, especially when blended with olive oil and a splash of Orange Blossom.

Mediterranean, Mediterranean, I hope by now, having spent time with me, you know that Mediterranean Food is NOT a Diet! Mediterranean cuisine is a like style that incorporates some of the most ancient and rich foods of the world in their cooking. From natural medicine to dessert, you will find some of the healthiest ingredients in the world.

ancient Mediterranean Carob
Ancient Mediterranean Carob

I have experimented with several recipes using carob powder and found the intense earthy, yet sweet flavor needed something to give it a bit of brightness; orange rinds and a splash of orange blossom water is the perfect marriage with carob!

Ancient Mediterranean Aphrodisiac

An aphrodisiac, unlike anything else, it seems that regions of the Mediterranean, particularly Middle Eastern countries, have kept this secret to themselves.

carob fruit as an aphrodisiac
Carob Fruit As An Aphrodisiac

Just ask any ‘old’ Arab or Persian man or woman; boiling the carob fruit and having a man drink the liquid, increased sperm count, helping to resolve many a man of infertility. 

Why share an aphrodisiac with the rest of the world when you can keep it all to yourself? Simply because, like so many good things that become known, we can no longer get them easily and the price goes up. 

Carob is NOT Chocolate

While many say carob is a chocolate substitute, I say it certainly is not. The color may be the same but that is where it ends. 

Gently sweet, carob is likened a little to caramel, while cacao is bitter. Zero caffeine in carob makes it a perfect ingredient for evening desserts, which of course can’t be said about cacao. 

I like knowing that I can enjoy a carob dessert or bread late in the evening and not wrestle with my pillows for hours once in bed!

Carob  has health benefits which make it really smart to introduce it to many of your recipes. 

moist rich muffins
Moist and Rich Muffins

Carob Muffins

While there are many ways to bring carob into my diet, I wanted an easy quick bread I could have ready for breakfast or a to-go snack. 

Crushed almonds, measured in as part of the dry ingredients, brings another element of healthful benefits, as well as its nutty and sweet flavor. 

thick rich batter
Thick Rich Batter

Olive oil, as the fat used in this muffin, just makes sense because it too has health properties and a slightly fruity flavor. 

These muffins come together fast, simply by mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and then they bake to perfection in less than 30-minutes. 

carob muffins ready to bake
Carob Muffins Ready To Bake

How Else To Use Carob?

Many recipes that call for raw cacao can be swapped out with carob. I love to make a Chocolate Chili Pasta, savory, a bit spicy, and carob lends itself beautifully to making a savory pasta. 

Huge batches of Homemade Granola, to stir into my Homemade Yogurt is just something I like to have in my pantry.

Adding a half cup of carob powder to the granola mix before drying it out in the oven on a low temperature, is a great way to add flavor and more nutrients to your day. 

homemade granola
Homemade Granola
homemade yogurt
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade, homemade, homemade! I know you hear me refer to many homemade items I use in my kitchen, but it’s true.

Growing up in a Mediterranean influenced home, was how the Old World Ways were kept alive and passed down in our family. Anyone can buy stuff at the store, but if one day you can’t… it’s nice to know we can Make It At Home!

Ingredients Needed

  • Carob powder
  • Flour
  • Almonds
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Eggs
  • Molasses
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Orange blossom
  • Orange rind
  • Milk – any type
Carob muffin ingredients
Carob Muffin Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Food processor, blender or spice grinder to grind almonds
  • Wooden spoon
  • Muffin tins
  • Baking paper cups
  • Wire whisk or hand mixer

My Muffin Madness Cookbook

Now that I’ve got you thinking outside the box about muffins, are you ready to try other creative and delicious muffin recipes you won’t find anywhere else?

Hot off the press this year: My Muffin Madness Cookbook!

My Muffin Madness Cookbook
My Muffin Madness Cookbook

Carobs Diamonds and Muffins!

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread Muffins u0026amp; Crackers, Lifestyle, Muffin MadnessCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings

The rich earthy yet sweet flavor of carob with orange blossom and olive oil make for an ancient Mediterranean quick bread, or muffin.

Ingredients

  • Carob powder – 1/4 cup

  • Flour – 1 1/2 cups

  • Almonds – 1/2 cup, crushed

  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

  • Baking powder – 2 tsp

  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

  • Eggs – 3

  • Molasses – 1/4 cup

  • Sugar – 1/4 cup

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup

  • Orange blossom – 1 tsp

  • Orange rind – 1 tsp

  • Milk – 3/4 cup, any type

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Oil muffin tins, or use baking cups.
  • Whisk the eggs, molasses, sugar, olive oil, orange blossom and orange rinds together in a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Add the carob powder, flour, crushed almonds, salt, baking powder and baking soda and whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • While whisking, add the milk and continue to whisk until the batter is creamy.
  • Divide the batter into the muffin tins. Sprinkle a little sugar crystals on top (optional).
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
Carob Diamonds and Muffins
Carobs Diamonds and Muffins
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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